James Cronin

Banker & Tradesman Staff

James Cronin is a former Banker & Tradesman staff writer.
James Cronin can be reached at editorial@thewarrengroup.com

Largest Projects Still To Come

Downtown Boston has undergone significant skyline changes in recent years, but 2014 could see the start of some of the biggest development projects in decades.

Design Inc.

Margulies Perruzzi Architects is one of Boston’s largest architecture and interior design firms, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. The firm specializes in corporate, health care, real estate development and lab design. Since its founding, the company has designed more than 5 million square feet of space in the Greater Boston area and elsewhere.

The Doctor Of Real Estate

Bruce Magid jetted to Venezuela to work for the country’s government after receiving a graduate degree from the Tufts University Fletcher School for international affairs. He then joined Bank of America, moving from Venezuela to Brazil and finally to San Francisco, where he was the bank’s chief international economist.

CRE Deals Of The Year

The past year has been marked by a red-hot investment sales market for office buildings in the Greater Boston area. With a glut of new development projects in the downtown and suburbs, and foreign and institutional investors bidding up prices on the few properties that have been for sale, prices per square foot have been driven through the roof. Let’s take a closer look at some of the year’s major deals.

Downtown Boston Investment Market Sizzles

Startups and financial firms averse to following the crowd into Boston’s higher-priced Seaport District or Back Bay office space have turned to the Financial District’s discounted rental rates, in turn driving up the dollars on investment sales deals for properties.

Building Owners Latch On To Wind Power

The next breed of sustainable office towers could be designed with an eye toward wind as clean energy entrepreneurs continue to shrink the technology necessary to generate power from the zephyrs.

Harvard Museums Reborn

Even Renzo Piano knew he needed to save “the sacred oak.” The internationally renowned architect – along with nearly everyone else with a stake in the project to unite three disparate Harvard University art museums under one roof in Cambridge – quickly recognized the intrinsic value of the expansive old oak tree, and ordered it not be cut down.